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Keelin Kotuku Te Aorangi Bell


Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou


Marlborough Boys’ College




Kotuku Te Aorangi: Birth of Aotearoa




It depicts a compilation of myths, stories and motifs familiar with Māori culture. I have used Keith Haring’s (street artist/activist) art style and put it into a Māori context. References are:

  • Māui fishing up Te-Ika-a-Māui (North Island)
  • Giant Tuatara – its ‘peaks’ can represent mountains
  • Hokusai’s ‘Wave off Kanagawa’
  • Durer’s ‘Praying Hands’
  • Hinetītama and Hinenuitepō (Night Goddess and alter ego of Hinetītama)
  • Kōtuku flying across the sky depicted either rising and/or carrying these stories (visual representation of campaign name, Kotuku Te Aorangi)

The idea for this piece was for it to be viewed from both sides (top and bottom) representing the two perspectives that exist in Aotearoa. Its aim is to appeal to teenagers/young adults and provide new ways in how my culture could be depicted.


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